Why Spaying and Neutering Your Dog Is Necessary
Everybody loves puppies! But let’s look at the facts – there are just not enough homes for all of them. Many of these dogs will end up in shelters or will be euthanized. According to the ASPCA, 2.7 million animals are euthanized every year, so spaying and neutering a dog is necessary.
What is spaying and neutering? These are safe surgical operations that prevent animals from reproducing. Spaying involves removing the ovaries and uterus of a female dog, while neutering removes a male dog’s testicles.
If you’re choosing to spay or neuter your dog, many vets recommend the procedure anywhere from five to seven month old. However, experts are saying to wait for a year or two, especially when it comes to larger breeds. Whenever you decide, we’ve got a few good reasons why you should consider having it done.
- Spaying your female dog cuts the risk of her developing uterine infections, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.
- When you neuter your male dog, there are many health benefits that come along with having the procedure done. He will have fewer prostate problems, which include cysts, abscesses, and prostate cancer, and he will never develop testicular cancer. Other bonuses for male dogs include the fact that he will be less aggressive, less hyperactive and will be less likely to roam.
- Put a stop to overpopulation. Here’s a surprising stat: One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in just six years. Yikes! That’s a lot of dogs that may not be able to find homes. And by controlling the pup population, we’ll be seeing fewer dogs in shelters and homeless on the streets.
- Stop the killing! Million of animals will be euthanized in shelters across this country. Not only is the killing senseless, but it takes millions of tax dollars to shelter and care for stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs. Most of these funds are spent on the euthanization process.
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Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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